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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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Technical Textiles in Bioprocessing Today

In Brief

By definition, technical textiles are materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their aesthetic or decorative characteristics.  In the medical field, they incorporate current materials and technologies, such as synthetic fibers, with traditional medical devices and applications to create a new category of beneficial products. Today, cell-based therapies are emerging as a promising strategy to treat genetic, degenerative, and immunological disease. This innovation in medical science relies on next-generation technology to produce them in a safe and cost-effective manner.

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Recent Innovations on Biodegradable Materials and Transient Electronics

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Transient electronics, also known as biodegradable electronics, is an emerging technology being explored across many fields and for various applications. When used in healthcare, biodegradable materials incorporated into medical devices could be valuable for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Some of the potential operations include monitoring intracranial pressure, assisting wound healing processes, identifying neural networks, and more.

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Technical Primer - Plasticizers


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Plasticizers, when added to materials, make them more flexible and pliable as well as making them easier to process. In many medical and life science applications, these materials are vital to the effectiveness of the materials. Throughout these fields, there are many applications for plasticizers. Understanding these applications makes it easier to choose the right plasticizer for each material and application, ensuring more effective materials for use in these industries.

 

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Innovative Thin Films for Drug Delivery

In Brief

Considerations for developing a new drug delivery platform include ease of use (self-administration, convenient to swallow), route of administration (oral, transdermal, injectable, etc.), and accurate dosage. An innovative alternative approach to conventional dosage forms is a novel drug delivery tool known as thin films.

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Recent Advances in Bioink Design for 3D Bioprinting

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Despite recent advances in tissue engineering, there remains a lack of tissues and organs for transplantation and a shortage of tissue models for drug discovery and testing. Some of the hindrances involve conventional techniques, such as porogen-leaching, injection molding, and electrospinning due to the limited control over scaffold architecture, pore shape, composition, size, and distribution.

 

3D bioprinting overcomes these barriers by enabling fabrication of scaffolds, devices, and tissue models with a high complexity. Using computer-aided design, 3D printing facilitates construction of tissues from commonly used medical imaging like x-rays, MRI's, and CT scans.

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